- Date: Sunday, September 28, 2008 -- 8pm
- Location: Bloomington, IN
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Dining Companion: Matty
- Recipe Rating: A-
This recipe was part of the effort to make more meat from The Book. I had so much work last weekend that I stayed in on Saturday night and worked all evening. Since I was going to be home for hours and hours, it was the perfect opportunity to braise something! So I picked this lamb recipe and braised the meat Saturday, then finished the dish quickly on Sunday after my run. I would have made this dish earlier -- I love braised meat! -- but I was skeptical about the eggplant. I am not opposed to eggplant, but it's not my favorite. Given the choice between eggplant or no eggplant, I would usually choose the latter. In this preparation though, it was very tasty. The dish had two components: one, the chunks of lamb, which were braised for more than 3 hours on the stove top, and two, a mixture of bechamel sauce with some sheep's milk cheese and smushed up grilled eggplant. (Note: The Book gives broiling as an alternative to grilling the eggplant, and that's what I did since I don't have a grill. The results were quite good.) The lamb was served over the eggplant mixture. The braised lamb was awesome! It was flavorful, and tasty, and falling apart tender. Excellent! The eggplant mixture was also delicious. My hesitancy about eggplant in general is a texture issue, not a flavor issue, so in this preparation, where the eggplant was smushed up anyway, I liked it quite a lot. The bechamel style sauce surrounding the eggplant gave it a nice creaminess and richness, and the sheep's milk cheese contributed an excellent flavor to the dish. Overall, I was extremely pleased with this recipe. The meat was absolutely delicious, and the eggplant went very well with it!
Here is the recipe.
I am sick. Still. It has been more than four weeks now of up and down illness. Some days I feel better. Some days I feel worse. But I haven't yet gotten well. This week, after another steady decline, I decided to take extreme measures. Today I did something I never do: I didn't set an alarm. I slept until I woke up. Unfortunately, when you consistently get up at 7:30am, it's hard to sleep past 7:45am, even without an alarm! I worked from home for most of the day, in my pajamas. I also haven't run since Sunday in an attempt to rest my body. My special gentleman has suggested that perhaps it is about time to seek the help of a medical professional, and I am considering it. But I fear they would just tell me what I already know: I have a nasty cold that would probably get better if I rested more. So I am trying to rest... But this semester so far has not been terribly restful. And I am not seeing a lot of rest on the horizon. But for now, maybe I should go to bed!